‘Darkest Star’, a vibrant new design house founded by Sam Cook and Andy D’Cruze.
Darkest Star is driven by this passionate partnership, who use a multitude of genres including art, photography, design and fashion to create outstanding, high quality pieces.
Darkest Star focus on creating....designs inspired by a particular concept and in 2009 the concept ‘The Study of an Orchid’ has so far resulted in a series of embroidered, acrylic orchid paintings, an AW09 collection of beautiful, handcrafted, painted and embossed bags, purses and scarves . Darkest star are working with collaborators including the talented up and coming artist Helen Girling to produce outstanding pieces that are all manufactured in the UK.
The AW09 collection of bags use ‘freestyle’ stitch, spray and paint so that every bag develops a unique quality, enhanced by the addition of individually sourced vintage buttons, used innovatively as zip pulls. Expandable, multipocketed and with quality clasps, Darkest Star’s latest collection offers inspiring design in luxurious, yet practical forms with a high fashion edge. The Sketchbook bag is a unique fashion item for creative women on the go – a ‘must-have’ piece for this season with waiting lists already forming for its release in July.
Acclaim for the recent successful exhibition at On|Off, Science Museum, over February’s London Fashion Week: ‘I found Darkest Star, Sam Cook to be the most enthusiastic about her brand.
Talking me through the whole conceptual process of her stunning bag collection was really very impressed. I have a real thing for box bags and she had some
absolutely delightful ones for A/W 09. This was their first fashion week experience … Obviously a trained artist as well as brilliant bag designer Sam talked me through how the Orchids, as well as her desire to create practical and stylish bags influenced her designs. The leather bags have stunningly bright turquoise lining and the 'Sketchbook' bag has a little built in make up pouch! I loved the across the body bags too! Simply divine! (I am definitely investing in one of them).’ Rivkie Baum, Fashion Capital
Darkest Star products are available to buy online from their website
(Thursday, 2 April 2009) | bags
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